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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: Japan Center for Michigan Universities 
  • Restrictions: Non-JCMU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/24/2017
Rolling Admission 05/08/2017 06/08/2017
NOTE: The original application deadline of 2/10/2017 has been extended to allow new applications to be submitted for consideration on a space-available basis. Applications submitted after 2/10/2017 will be reviewed in the order they are received until 2/24/2017 or until the program reaches capacity. To receive optimal consideration, be sure to complete applications as soon as possible.

Those traveling on U.S. passports generally do NOT need a visa. Those traveling on passports issued by any country that does not appear on the Exemption of Visa list likely will need a visa. Students who need a visa should consult with the JCMU East Lansing office before creating a new application to confirm that there will be sufficient time to process the visa prior to departure for the program.

See the Program Schedules page for more detailed dates.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Areas of Study: Japanese Cultural Studies & Activities, Teaching Methods, TESOL
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Japanese Language Requirement: None
Program Description:
Teaching English in Japan Program

The application deadline has been extended! We will continue to accept applications until Friday, February 24th, and will review them on a rolling basis.

Explore TESOL approaches and methods, learn the needs and characteristics of ESL students in Japan, and explore the country's culture and society in this 6-credit summer program! While on this program, you will take the following courses:
  • TESOL Methods Course (3 credits):  You will participate in a course focusing on national and international approaches to ESL teaching while observing various ESL classrooms and settings. Rather than merely studying about TESOL methods from a textbook though, you will have the opportunity to actually travel to and observe various English language classrooms both at JCMU and at local schools!

    While taking this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and needs of ESL education in Japan, providing you with practical skills and knowledge for a career in TESOL. This experience will be especially useful if you are planning on teaching English in Japan on the JET program (or other similar teaching opportunities) in the future. 
  • Japanese Culture & Society Course (3 credits): This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you fully understand the similarities and differences in teaching methods that you notice in your TESOL methods course. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.

Housing: You will be housed in the JCMU Residence Hall apartments while on the TEJ program. All rooms are double-occupancy with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen & bathroom. 

Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.

Scholarships: All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic $1,500 Consortium Scholarship towards their TEJ program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage.

This program is currently not accepting applications.